Vocal concussion critic Peter FitzSimons has blasted the NSW Blue’ decision to allow skipper Boyd Cordner back on the field after his head knock in Origin I.
The Blues maintain Cordner passed his concussion protocols, but he has since ruled himself out of the series and the NRL has launched an investigation of the NSW medical staff’s conduct.
Fitzsimons questioned the Blues that if Cordner was not concussed at the Adelaide Oval then what was his condition that required him to miss the remainder of the Origin campaign.
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“I like most people that follow concussion closely was completely gobsmacked that he came back on the field,” Fitzsimons said on WWOS.
“The concussion protocol there are three things. Either has concussion, appears to have concussion or portrays concussion-like symptoms.
“If one of those three shows up you don’t go back on the field.
“Now we all must be confused because they are saying Boyd Cordner passed the HIA, but he is not playing the rest of the series because of concussion issues.
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“Hang on a moment! I pose this as a serious question because I haven’t got an answer yet. If he did not have concussion I would like to know seriously as a matter of public import, what is it that he had?
“Because if there was any sense of concussion when he was in that dressing room he should not have gone back on the field.
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“If I’m wrong and I may be wrong tell us because the last time this happened for the Roosters there was one or two reasons put out, one of which was emotional distress over the tragic death of his cousin.
“But here and now he went into that dressing room with something that looked like concussion. Under the protocol he can’t come back out if it was anything to do with concussion, so if it wasn’t concussion what was it?”
However veteran rugby league journalist Andrew Webster while agreeing that Cordner should not have played on questioned Fitzsimons interpretation of the protocols.
Boyd Cordner appears to stumble with the Blues trainer.Source:Getty Images
“I asked Nathan Gibbs and to him the protocols aren’t as clear as you made them out to be,” Webster said.
“The NSWRL have been asked to please explain by the NRL. They haven’t had a response yet. They are putting something together. I checked that with the NRL.
“But I agree with you on Cordner and what happened on Wednesday night.
“The most telling thing in commentary was Andrew Johns and Phil Gould who lean to the old-school way of thinking who were there at the ground.
“Joey was on the sideline right in front of him and he could not believe he came back out.”
Originally published as‘Well what was it then?’: Fitzy ‘completely gobsmacked’ over Blues HIA call on Cordner
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